Agriculture https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/ News articles about agriculture and global development including information on gm, food security, farming and more. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:23:33 GMT en Q&A: How to make agriculture a viable business https://scidev.net/global/farming/opinion/q-a-how-to-make-agriculture-a-viable-business.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/opinion/q-a-how-to-make-agriculture-a-viable-business.html Jennifer Blake on how the African Development Bank plans to help boost agriculture on the continent. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:23:33 GMT Missed COP targets to Yemen famine – 2018 in review https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html We look back at our leading stories of 2018. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Conflict diseases to snakebites – 2018 in features https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html SciDev.Net looks back at the best features of 2018. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Smallholders’ global food production underestimated https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html Smallholder farms cultivate 40 per cent of global agricultural area, almost double what was previously estimated. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:02:33 GMT The tech fix that won’t secure food supplies https://scidev.net/global/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies.html How can small farmers avoid getting ‘locked in’ by technology? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Science is still biased towards staple crops https://scidev.net/global/climate-change/supported-content/science-biased-towards-staple-crops.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/climate-change/supported-content/science-biased-towards-staple-crops.html Farmers rely on information to climate-proof their businesses and diversify their crop. IFAD’s Paul Winters tells SciDev.Net how science can help overcome remaining barriers. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT Pesticides blamed for rise in colon cancer deaths https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/pesticides-blamed-for-rise-in-colon-cancer-deaths.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/pesticides-blamed-for-rise-in-colon-cancer-deaths.html The first population-level data suggesting that the risk of colon cancer is heightened by pesticide exposure has emerged. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:50:03 GMT Ismahan Elouafi, agriculture pioneer by chance https://scidev.net/global/role-models/role-models/ismahan-elouafi-agriculture-pioneer-by-chance.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/role-models/role-models/ismahan-elouafi-agriculture-pioneer-by-chance.html Trained as a fighter pilot, Ismahan Elouafi fell in love with genetics and rose to the top of her field. Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:00:00 GMT Wheat and barley shortage devastates Iraq https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/wheat-and-barley-shortage-devastates-iraq.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/wheat-and-barley-shortage-devastates-iraq.html Lack of water leads to huge drop in harvest of crucial crops, with amounts useable farmland also shrinking. Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:40:00 GMT Q&A: Women farmers were ‘made visible by better data’ https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/q-a-women-farmers-were-made-visible-by-better-data.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/q-a-women-farmers-were-made-visible-by-better-data.html Claire Melamed explains how an initiative that aims to scale up data surveys can help agricultural policy. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:45:00 GMT African swine fever ‘devastating’ if it spreads beyond China https://scidev.net/global/livestock/news/african-swine-fever-devastating-if-it-spreads-beyond-china.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/livestock/news/african-swine-fever-devastating-if-it-spreads-beyond-china.html South-east Asian and global pig industries to be hit hard if virulent strain spreads beyond China, experts warn. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:21:07 GMT India mounts awareness campaign as maize-eating moth detected https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/fall-armyworm-infests-indian-maize.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/fall-armyworm-infests-indian-maize.html Indian authorities are moving to tackle an infestation of maize crops by the voracious fall armyworm moth pest. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:06:43 GMT Photo-based crop insurance could debut in Kenya in 2019 https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/photo-based-crop-insurance-could-debut-in-kenya-in-2019-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/photo-based-crop-insurance-could-debut-in-kenya-in-2019-1x.html Plans to trial system for African smallholders follow positive results from study in India. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:32:35 GMT Intensified farming ‘rarely’ aids wellbeing, environment https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/intensified-farming-rarely-aids-wellbeing-environment.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/intensified-farming-rarely-aids-wellbeing-environment.html Twin benefits found in fewer than one in five cases of agricultural intensification in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:49:18 GMT Software helps cut Indian cows’ methane emissions https://scidev.net/global/livestock/news/software-helps-cut-indian-cows-methane-emissions-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/livestock/news/software-helps-cut-indian-cows-methane-emissions-1x.html A software tool sets diets for millions of cattle in India to cut methane emissions by 15 per cent. Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:49:35 GMT Asian countries to see net gain from automation https://scidev.net/global/technology/feature/asian-countries-to-see-net-gain-from-automation-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/technology/feature/asian-countries-to-see-net-gain-from-automation-1x.html Despite job losses, AI and robotics is set to benefit Asia’s developing countries. Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Sugarcane ethanol benefits mapped out for Latin America https://scidev.net/global/biofuels/news/sugarcane-ethanol-benefits-mapped-out-for-latin-america.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biofuels/news/sugarcane-ethanol-benefits-mapped-out-for-latin-america.html Better electricity access and reduction of fossil fuel imports are two advantages of boosting bioenergy. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Low awareness, high prices block progress on food loss https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/low-awareness-high-prices-block-progress-on-food-loss.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/low-awareness-high-prices-block-progress-on-food-loss.html Statement by expert group highlights steps to help farmers adopt available tools. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Genomic models predict shorter time for banana breeding https://scidev.net/global/farming/news/shorter-time-for-banana-breeding-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/news/shorter-time-for-banana-breeding-1.html The time it takes to create better banana hybrids could be cut by several years. Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:13:42 GMT Africa’s 20,000 weather station plan https://scidev.net/global/data/supported-content/africa-s-20-000-weather-station-plan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/agriculture_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/data/supported-content/africa-s-20-000-weather-station-plan.html A network of weather stations is being rolled out, feeding demand for free data and funded by sales to companies. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:32:00 GMT